Naturalistic Environments in Captivity for Animal Behavior Research

Edited by Edward F. Gibbons Jr., Everett J. Wyers, Everett Waters, and Emil W. Menzel Jr.

Subjects: Endangered Species
Series: SUNY series in Endangered Species
Paperback : 9780791416488, 387 pages, December 1993
Hardcover : 9780791416471, 387 pages, December 1993

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Table of contents


Part I. Introduction

1. Naturalistic Facilities for Animal Behavior Research: In Search of Accommodations
Volume Editors

2. Whither the Naturalistic Study of Animals in Captivity? A View from the Chair
K. Daniel O'Leary

3. Comments on Behavioral Research in Naturalistic Settings
Everett J. Wyers

Part II. Animal Care and Use: Regulations and Case History

4. Regulations and Guidelines Applicable to Animals Maintained in Indoor Seminaturalistic Facilities
Kathryn Bayne and Roy Henrickson

5. USDA Inspection Procedures: Nonstandard Facilities, Site Visits, Wavers, and Enforcement
Joseph F. Annelli and Timothy D. Mandrell

6. The Applicability of Regulations Governing Research Facilities for Behavioral Research in Naturalistic Settings
Benson E. Ginsburg

Part III. Physical Dimensions and Management Considerations in the Design of Naturalistic Environments

7. Physical, Chemical, and Behavioral Factors in Large Low-Density Naturalistic Animal Facilities
Emerson L. Besch and George V. Kollias, Jr.

8. Arthropod Pests: Varieties, Risks, and Strategies for Control in Naturalistic Facilities
Richard J. Brenner

9. Design of Indoor Housing for a Breeding and Research Colony of Prosimian Primates
M. Kay Izard and Michael E. Pereira

10. Managing Naturalistic Animal Environments in Captivity
James G. Doherty and Edward F. Gibbons, Jr.

11. Quantitative Evaluation of the Effects of Environmental Parameters on the Physiology, Behavior, and Health of Animals in Naturalistic Captive Environments
Michael K. Stoskopf and Edward F. Gibbons, Jr.

Part IV. The Importance of Naturalistic Environments: Research on Selected Species

12. Research Habits and Research Habitats: Better Behavior Through Social Chemistry
Meredith West and Andrew King

13. Experiences with the Study of Rodents in Seminatural Enclosures
Donald A. Dewsbury

14. Studying Natural Behavior in Artificial Environments: The Problem of "Salient Elements"
Stephen E. Glickman and Gloria S. Caldwell

15. The Significance of Naturalistic Environments for Primate Behavioral Research
Charles T. Snowdon

16. Naturalistic Environments for Captive Primates
Melinda A. Novak, Peggy O'Neill, Sue A Beckley, and Stephen J. Suomi

17. Environments for Endangered Primates
Benjamin B. Beck and Maria Inês Castro

18. Naturalistic Environments in Captivity: A Methodological Bridge between Field and Laboratory Studies of Primates
Charles H. Janson

Part V. Conclusion

Naturalistic Environments in Captivity for Animal Behavior Research: Synthesis Statement
Conference Participants





This book addresses theoretical and pragmatic issues concerning naturalistic environments in captivity for animals. The multidisciplinary orientation of the volume will help regulatory personnel, administrators, and researchers to understand each other's roles and responsibilities in the design, construction, and real-time operation of these facilities. The book also highlights the important value of naturalistic environments in captivity to the scientific study of animal behavior. The authors provide insights into identifying physical environmental features not in compliance with existing regulations, and that may have a negative impact on the physical health and psychological well-being of animals.

Edward F. Gibbons, Jr. is Director of the Center for Science and Technology at Briarcliffe College. During the completion of this volume, he was a member of the Department of Psychology at State University of New York at Stony Brook. Everett J. Wyers, Everett Waters, and Emil W. Menzel, Jr. are Professors of Psychology at State University of New York at Stony Brook.


"The goals of this book are well defined in the introduction. These goals are important and will certainly be appreciated by almost anyone encountering or interested in naturalistic environments—including regulatory and animal care personnel as well as researchers and students of animal behavior. The editors successfully integrate material covering regulatory aspects of animal care, environmental design and management, approaches to naturalistic housing, and the scientific evidence of the impact of these elements on animal behavior. This approach provides an interesting, useful, and well balanced mix of perspectives. " — Tina M. Widowski, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada